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CONTENTS

1. LIST OF ORIGINAL PAPERS

2. ABBREVIATIONS

3. INTRODUCTION

4. REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE

4.1. THE FINNISH KENNEL CLUB CONTROL PROGRAMME (PEVISA) FOR CANINE GENETIC DISEASES 4.2. HEALTH PROMOTION AND HEALTH PROGRAMMES

5. AIMS OF THE PRESENT STUDY

6. MATERIALS AND METHODS

6.1. SURVEYS (I-III)
6.2. OPHTHALMOLOGICAL SCREENING RECORDS (IV)
6.3. HIP DYSPLASIA SCREENING RECORDS (V)
6.4. ECONOMICAL EVALUATIONS (IV)
6.5. GERMAN SHEPHERD PEDIGREE DATA AND HIP DYSPLASIA SCREENING RESULTS (VI-VII)
6.6. STATISTICAL METHODS

7. RESULTS

7.1. ATTITUDES AND COMPLIANCE OF THE KEY GROUPS
7.2. EFFECTIVENESS OF THE PRESENT CONTROL PROGRAMME 7.3. HIP DYSPLASIA IN GERMAN SHEPHERDS

8. DISCUSSION

8.1. THE ROLE OF DIFFERENT KEY GROUPS IN CANINE HEALTH
8.2. SUCCESSES AND SHORTCOMINGS OF THE FINNISH KENNEL CLUB'S CANINE HEALTH PROGRAMME (PEVISA).
8.3. POSSIBILITIES TO IMPROVE THE CANINE HEALTH PROGRAMME (PEVISA)

9. CONCLUSIONS

10. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

11. REFERENCES


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